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dictator, kim jong un, delivering a new ominous warning to the united states. kim said, it is time to, quote, settle accounts with the u.s. impeei imperials. >> he ordered rockets to be put on stand by and revealed what target he has in mind. we have that coming up >>> in rome, pope francis will preside over his first good friday service, being held at st. peter's basilica. during his short time as pope, he has set a different tone than his predecessors. those are live pictures we are looking at coming from the vatican yesterday. he broke holy thursday tradition by washing the feet of a dozen prisoners, including one woman, who happened to be muslim. >> in pakistan, the taliban are claiming responsibility for a deadly suicide bombing near the u.s. consulate today. the attack killed 31 and wounded several others. a suicide bomber on a motorcycle drove up to a security checkpoint and set off 22 points of explosives. >> no one from the consulate was hurt in that bombing. we are going to start with a massive rescue operation that is just now wrapping up off the coast of latvia. had more t
kim jong-un has ordered missile units to attack south korea and the u.s. mainland after american bombers flew trianing missions across south korea. >> he is young, untested, and says he wants to settle scores with american imperialists. he rallied his generals to aim the rockets at u.s. bases in hawaii. north korea is on a war footing, with military parades in pyongyang. news broadcasts are full of theater and threats, 20 this far alone. from turning washington to a lake of fire and cutting military hotlines to south korea. it is an effort to eget washington's attention. they say the bellicose record only deepens the isolation in the u.s. and the u.s. remains committed to its allies, and demonstrated it. fromuclear capables flew missouri to the penninsula of korea. china appealed for calm. nobody believes north korea will launch rockets but a small incident could escalate. >> sergei lavrov saiys unilateral actions could mena it could spiral out of control. he may have meant north korea as much as the u.s. >> the war of words is part of the relationship with washington and pyongya
. >>> "outfront" next. north korea scrapping a 60-year armistice with the south. has kim jong-un gone too far, and dennis rodman speaks again. >>> controversy in europe after horse meat is discovered at restaurants. so why is horse meat about to be processed here in the united states? >>> and i sit down with the former first lady, laura bush. how she sees the gop changing. let's go "outfront." >>> and good evening, everyone, i'm erin burnett. tough talk from north korea. today north korean officials scrapped the armistice that's created nearly 60 years of peace, uneasy peace, but peace with south korea. this after the u.n. security council unanimously passed tougher sanctions thursday against pyongyang. the reason for those sanctions, north korea's third nuclear test. north korea also threatened in an editorial in its state-run newspaper that, quote, as the armistice agreement has been nullified, no one can expect what will happen next. so is this just your run-of-the-mill sabre rattling, or does north korea's new young leader have something to prove and have the will to prove it? president o
kim jong-un is just as wedded to the -- does it seem to you as though kim jong- un is just as wedded to the nuclear program as his predecessors? >> perhaps because he needs to prove himself. it is not a positive sign. >> the u.s. senate has voted to proceed with the nomination of john brennan to be the next director of the cia. senate voted 63-34, with republicans choosing to approve brennan. the judiciary committee in the united states senate has backed the first of president obama's proposals to tighten gun control. the democrat-controlled committee approved tougher penalties for firearms traffickers. there will be tougher background checks on people buying guns. the head of kenya's election commission says the problems with counting votes from monday's general election were caused by computer programming errors. he says a software bug in the database multiplied the number of rejected votes by a factor of 8. the latest results give the front runner, uhuru kenyatta, just under 50% of the vote, raising the prospects of a runoff election. a man described as a spokesman and son-in-law
they are certainly on a regional basis. >> doesn't seem to you as though though kim jong-un is just as wedded to the -- does it seem to you as though kim jong- un is just as wedded to the nuclear program as his predecessors? >> perhaps because he needs to prove himself. it is not a positive sign. >> the u.s. senate has voted to proceed with the nomination of john brennan to be the next director of the cia. senate voted 63-34, with republicans choosing to approve brennan. the judiciary committee in the united states senate has backed the first of president obama's proposals to tighten gun control. the democrat-controlled committee approved tougher penalties for firearms traffickers. there will be tougher background checks on people buying guns. the head of kenya's election commission says the problems with counting votes from monday's general election were caused by computer programming errors. he says a software bug in the database multiplied the number of rejected votes by a factor of 8. the latest results give the front runner, uhuru kenyatta just under 50% of the vote raising the prospects
images of dictator kim jong un studying a series of charts allegedly containing plans for a strike on the u.s. mainland. elizabeth pran is live. are we hearing from the white house on this? >> we are. white house announcing a legally coast rhetoric and the threats are more of a familiar pattern. new reports of fighter jets are arriving in south korea for joint exercises, latest demonstration meant to deter from pyongyang. they conducted annual air power drills that did include b-2 stealth bombers. chairman spoke about the country's bullying language this morning. >> i wouldn't be that concerned about them in the mainland u.s. right now or even in the u.s. territory. i think the real threat is to what north korea might be boxing itself into. >> reporter: he went on to say there is no purpose to have direct talks with the leader and staff comparing them to an organized crime family running the territory. >> heather: so kim jong un he has listed a number of other threats. what else is he demanding? >> reporter: the young leader is threatening to close one of the biggest sources of emp
north korean leader kim jong un to stop the provocations. >> rather than threaten to abrogate and threaten to move in some new direction, the world would be better served if he would direct his people and make a decision himself to engage in a legitimate dialogue. >> u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon said he's concerned about what he called provocative rhetoric. >> this year marks the 60th anniversary of the 1953 armistice agreement of the korean war. i reiterate the importance of this critical agreement. >> ban urged north korean officials to build trust that will lead to stability in the korean peninsula. but building trust doesn't seem to be a priority right now for authorities in pyongyang. along with vowing to scrap the armistice, they are also threatening to carry out a nuclear attack on the u.s. the wednesday edition of the ruling party newspaper "rodong sinmun," says north korea has varied and precise means of nuclear attack. it goes on to say authorities would turn not only seoul but also washington into a sea of fire if the united states flaunts its nuclear weapons.
kim jong un has issued almost daily threats including the threat of nuclear strikes on the u.s. and seoul. the north threatened u.s. bases in the pacific following tough u.s.-led sanctions imposed after pyongyang's third nuclear test. pyongyang severed one of the last remaining hotlines to the south, put its troops on what it calls combat readiness and warned that, quote, war may break out at any time. it has already renounced the armistice that ended the korean war 60 years ago. it's all put south koreans on edge. >> translator: if north korea makes a misjudgment, south korea should deliver a strong punishment. >> reporter: so far north korea has not moved beyond rhetoric, despite its recent nuclear and rocket tests analysts doubt the north has yet mastered the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile. kim jong un may be playing to a domestic audience, using the hysteria to rally his people. security officials warn he may be more reckless even than his father, the late kim jong il leading to fears of more conflict on the korean peninsula. >> security officials are
it entered a state of war with south korea. kim jong-un required rockets are ready to be fired at seoul and american bases. they revealed two nuclear capable b-2 stealth bombers. ian is covering the situation from the south. >> reporter: officials in seoul dismissed the latest outburst of more of the same. it followed a massive rally in the northern capital friday where tens and thousands came out in support of kim jong-un's charge, shouting death to the u.s. imperialists. >> escalating military confrontations would lead to further isolation. here's nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >> he has 8,000 troops poised 40 miles from seoul and the big worry is there could be a mistake. a miscal lags by the north would force the first woman president to retaliate. she has very little flexibility and that would instantly bring the united states into this conflict. >> earlier today north korea threatened to close the industrial complex but that site does remain open. hundreds of south koreans travel there daily. they consider the status of the the best signal of the int
't engage kim jong un, which appeared in foreign policy magazine. ambassador joseph de trani served as envoy for six party talks in 2003. from 2010 to 2012, he was the director of the national counter proliferation center and without objection, the witnesses spoke prepared statements will be made part of the record, but i'm going to ask to summarizer testimony five minutes and will begin with dr. asher. >> chairman royce, ricky member engel, i want to thank you sincerely for the opportunity to testify on the matter of grave concern. the nuclear proliferation risk of the north korean regime and the need for a fundamental new policy approach addresses that are at that north korea opposes to asia and the world. in short, our diplomatic efforts, which i was part of a lung with ambassador de trani has failed. so how proliferation activities to procurement of the north korean regime. i believe in the next 20 ferments come in north korea's threat will go from bad to worse. not only do they fear nuclear warheads on expanding and sophisticated missile force including directly against the united state
is to become an economic power and improve the standard of living. state run tv reported that kim jong un made the speech at a meeting of industrial workers in pyongyang. he id denounced the joint exercises. pyongyang watchers say kim jong's announcement is over severe economic conditions. he is now reportedly the father of a baby girl. a source familiar with north korea/china relationsing told nhk that kim's wife gave birth in late january. the source learned about the birth from an official of the ruling korean worker's party. former player dennis rodman visited the country. he said she talked about her new born daughter at a bang kwets. rumors began circulating last year that kim's wife was expecting a birth. people say she must have given birth because she looks slimmer in recent pictures >>> he has succeeded as the bank of japan's 31st governor. he told a recent diet hearing that he want does do whatever is needed to achieve the 2% inflation target. in upcoming policy meeting, he's expected to focus on easing measures. these would include the bank's purchase of government bonds. it buys b
of kim jong un, the north korean leader, peering through field glasses and threatening to annihilate a small south korean island this is that island. it's about ten miles from the north korean mainland. in fact, kim was standing just over there on that small island when he made those threats. this place is home to 5,000 civilians. and a lot of soldiers. now, you would have thought that they would have got used to threats from the north. but even here, they've been alarmed by the frequency and the intensity of the threats that have come from pyongyang. now, the latest of course, was kim saying he was readying north korean missiles to attack u.s. bases. and today there was a mass rally in the center of pyongyang, screaming death to imperialists. and of course, supporting kim jong un. analysts believe an attack on u.s. bases is not that likely. that north korea simply doesn't have the capability. more likely is some sort of limited clash here in the west sea, that's happened before. the people on this island are only too aware of that. andr andrea? >> ian williams thanks to you on the f
business. they pledged to defend kim jong- un to the death, and the marshall rehtorihetoric escalatd by the day. state tv announced that pyongyang said they will treat all matters with wartime protocol. panic at the latest threats. >> the south koreans are not that nervous. many times. this breakt think worarwar will out. north korea would collapse and i don't think they will commit suicide. >> they could hit targets as far as alaska but it is likely pyongyang is working to build support for the young leader. they will shut down a shared industrial zone if the "insulting rhetoric" continues, but south koreans doubt this as it would cut off finances for the impoverished state. >> we spoke to justin strother in seoul and asked him how seriously we should take this. >> north korea's threats can't be completely ignored -- and south korea is on alert as they have joint military drills. north korea's threats are harsher but what thye'rey're hoping is there is a provocative action where pyongyang could justify force. but seoul is not blinking so far. >> italy's president giorgio napolitano
committee is worried about the stability of north korean leader kim jong un. saying that kim's youth and the countries massive military may prove to be a anna coren investigates what many south koreans are thinking about their nuclear powered neighbor. while kim jong un may have perfected the art of bluffing after weeks of apocalyptic threats. the north korean regime and its quest to become a nuclear state is being taken very seriously, south of the border. "the question is for south koreans, can we live peacefully with nuclear armed north korea? the answer is no". south korean lawmaker mj chung -- the son of the founder of hyundai -- believes his country can no longer sit on its hands, watching its belligerent neighbor develop nuclear weapons. he says its time for south korea to have its own nuclear arsenal. "the nuclear deterrence can be the only answer. we have and it would appear south koreans tend to agree. recent polls show that two- thirds of citizens surveyed support the idea, especially in the wake of north korea's third nuclear test, carried back in 1991, south korea volunt
, that the father, the grandfather of kim jong-un has exceeded now the direct threats against the united states, the threats of nuclear war on the peninsula, the threats of attacking hawaii, of attacking guam, of attacking the mainland united states with nuclear weapons. let's make clear. he doesn't have the capability to do that. but he is taking it to a different level. and there's a lot of people that are looking on and they're trying to calm the situation down. we heard today from south korea's defense ministry spokes man. listen -- >> translator: north korea's continuing threats against south korea such as saying it is entering a state of war, are never acceptable since it is harming peace and stability on the korean peninsula. the recent military exercises such as key resolve and bold eagle and the u.s. strategic bombers' deployment on the peninsula were defensive in nature against north korea's possible provocation. >> reporter: now, the real threat according to some veteran north korea watchers like dr. ham park of the university of georgia, is that the young north korean leader is back
that we adopt policies to combat the illicit activity of this criminal regime. , is respect to kim jong-un ow he solidifying his hold on power vis-À-vis when he first came in? changed the number ofhas ministers. he has moved people around a bit. the people around him and with the most recent visit of this an dennis rodman, a number of those prayers are those who have interested but the u.s.. is that messaging? it probably is to the u.s. the people around him are more of hardliners. one would have thought 12 months ago he was trying to put on the sidelines. >> it is a common misperception the notion that there is some type of policy difference or conflict between the leadership and the north korean ella terry. -- north korean military. there are competing interests, but the north korean system's total monopoly of the clan over the rest of the nation including the military has been nearly perfected. the north korean founder learned this from chairman mao of china. make sure that the party controls the military and maintains power to appoint and promote general's, making key personnel decisi
community. >> suarez: the sanctions aim to make it more difficult for north korea's leader, kim jong-un, to finance his nuclear and missile programs. in december, the north successfully fired a long-range rocket, saying it was designed to orbit a satellite. and last month, north koreans cheered scientists who carried out the country's third nuclear test. that event directly provoked today's u.n. action. north korea's closest ally, china, even helped draft the sanctions. >> we want to see full implementation of the resolution. the top priority now is to defuse the tension, bring down the heat. ( applause ) >> suarez: instead, the sounds and images from pyongyang today were all about defiance. civilians and members of the military staged a mass rally and state television carried a direct threat against the u.s. >> ( translated ): since the united states is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest. >> suarez: north korea also threatened this week to nullify
north korea last week. he quoted kim jong-un as saying "i don't want to do war" and asking that president obama "call him." white house officials denounced the rodman visit as nothing more than a publicity stunt. for more on the sanctions and north korea's response, i'm joined by victor cha, a former national security council official, now a senior advisor at the center for strategic and international studies. and joseph detrani, formerly senior advisor and north korea mission manager in the office of director of national intelligence. he's now president of the intelligence and national security alliance. mr. cha, what did the security council vote to do in these latest sanctions. >> well, this latest round of sanctions, ray, came at three things. first is interdicting of cargo expected to be of north korean origin that carry missile parts or things of that nature. a blacklist on the import of certain items people can use for their weapons programs as well as individuals and the third element has to do with financial sanctions. trying to block -- u.n. member states blocking
such an attack would mark the end of kim jong-un's regime. south korean president park geun-hye issued a stern warning. >> reporter: any country that focuses exclusively on strengthening its military power while people are starving is bound to face self-destruction. >>> china is north korea's biggest ally but it too supports the latest u.n. sanction. james tengan is in beijing covering our series china, change and challenge. james, how is the story on the korean peninsula playing occupant there? >> reporter: yes, gene. li keqiang and xi jinping are expected to be confirmed as vice premier and president at next week's national people congress. chinese government officials are trying to show they are doing what they can to keep the peace. a foreign ministry spokesperson appealed to leaders in north and south korea to let cooler heads >>> china is north korea's biggest ally but it too supports the latest u.n. sanction. the country is in the process of a leadership transition. james tengan is in beijing covering developments as part of our series, "china, change and challenge." james, how is the s
dismissed the threat of preemptive nuclear strike saying such an attack would mark the end of kim jong un's regime. south korean president park geun-hye issued a stern warning. to pyongyang. >> translator: any country that focuses exclusively on strengthening its military power while people are starving is bound to face self-destruction. >>> chinese leaders have long supported their counterparts in north korea. still, they back the latest u.n. security council sanctions. the world's most populous nation is in the middle of a leadership transition. nhk world's james tengan reports from beijing on china's reaction to north korea's latest moves and the other challenges facing its next generation of leaders. >> reporter: xi jinping is expected to be confirmed as china's president and premier li keqiang next week at the national people's congress. it looks like the situation on the korean peninsula will be their first major foreign policy challenge. chinese government officials are trying to show they're doing what they can to keep the peace. a foreign ministry spokesperson appealed to leaders
to the tension. here is a picture north korea released showing president kim jong-un and his generals in what looks like some kind of a war room and on the wall a map that appears to show a diagram of missal routes targeting hawaii, los angeles, washington and austin, texas. the u.s. is now considering its next move with a country that has a long history of trouble making. elizabeth is live in washington with more. elizabeth? >> we are getting fresh reaction from the security council. a spokeswoman released a statement and in part it says we take these threats seriously and remain in contact with our south korean allies. but we would also note that north korea has a long history of rhetoric and threats. today's announcement follows that familiar pattern. she went on to say the council and the defense department remains fully prepared and capable of defending the u.s. and our allies. >> it has rach cheted up. it has ratcheted up, the danger, and we have to understand that reality. we, the united states, south koreans, all of the nations in that region of the world are committed to a pathway to
if the threats are indications of real insecurity in the regime or kim jong un's way of asserting authority. >> we don't really know the internal situation in terms of what he might have to do or who he might have to owe in terms of the ability to sustain power. >> reporter: in fact, u.s. officials tell us that it is extre extremely difficult to get human intelligence on the inner workings of the regime. they're not as worried about the big grand scale attack, but they are worried about smaller provocations like shelling some of those islands there near south korea that could lead to a tit for tat response and really see things escalate on the peninsula. ka kate? >> this is just the latest in a string of threats as you well know and you've talked about. thanks so much from the pentagon for us this evening. >>> let's dig deeper on this now with the veteran diplomatic troubleshooter, former new mexico governor and u.n. ambassador bill richardson. i don't need to remind our viewers, governor, but you have been to north korea a number of times and most recently just in january. thanks so much f
that armistice agreement that fundamentally ended the korean war back in 1953. north korean leader kim jong-un has been down visiting his front-line troops and basically gave them a big war cry, saying to lull the enemy into the caldron, to break their waist and crack their wind pipes, a very visual and motive language, but we are used to that rhetoric coming from him, but while he was rallying the troops, the south koreans and the u.s. military are holding those joint military drills on the korean peninsula. and south korea has said that if there is any military provocation from pyongyang, that it will respond in a resolute and destructive manner, john. >> we're looking at pictures of these military drills just a second ago, and the u.s. and south korea, we have conducted drills like this before, so the question is, why is north korea really reacting so acongreggres here? >> reporter: it's a great question, john, because as you say, this is something that happens every single year. the americans and the south koreans, they are using some pretty advanced weaponry, the f-52 stealth, the b-52 bo
. the first known american to meet with kim jong-un. he said he had a message from the north american leader for president obama. >> and one thing he asked me to give obama something to say and do one thing. he want obama to do one thing. call him. >> he wants a call from president obama. >> that's right. he told me that. he said, if you can, dennis, i don't want the war. i don't want to do war. he said that to me. >> the young leader has defied u.n. sanctions by continuing to develop nuclear arms. accomplishing even little things can become major victories. i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer. when i was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, my rheumatologist prescribed enbrel for my pain and stiffness, and to help stop joint damage. [ male announcer ] enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections. serious, sometimes fatal events including infections, tuberculosis, lymphoma, other cancers, nervous system and blood disorders, and allergic reactions have occurred. before starting enbrel, your doctor should test you for tuberculosis and discuss whether you've been to a region where certain fungal
korea. take a look at this photo with me. here he is, the leader of north korean leader kim jong-un meeting with military leaders today. here he is, sorting through documents. but you'll see in a moment, there is a map behind him. see that over his left shoulder. lines drawn to places like hawaii, places like california, and what's more is this. yet another piece of propaganda video, shows animation of north korean missiles destroying u.s. bomber planes. this comes just a day after the united states sent b-2 stealth bombers over south korea for military drills, a move that north korea says is a threat of quote/unquote nuclear war. bev within reporting, getting and hearing this growing rhetoric from north korea in recent weeks, the nation calling the u.s. warmongers and imperialists. u.s. officials, they say they are concerned. >> i think they're very provocative actions. and belligerent tone has ratcheted up the danger. and we have to understand that reality. >> so chris lawrence for us at the pentagon. chris, i want a reality check. how serious now is the u.s. taking this threat th
's ruling elite who have done so much harm to the people of north korea. we must go after kim jong un's illicit activities like we went of after organized crime in the united states; identify the network, interdict shipments and disrupt the flow of money. this would sever a key subsidy for north korea's weapons of mass destruction program. for only when the north korean leadership realizes that its criminal activities are untenable do prospects for peace and security in northeast asia improve. i will now turn to our ranking member, eliot engel of new york, for his opening comments. >> well, thank you very much, mr. chairman, and i'd like to thank you for calling this timely hearing and for your leadership in addressing the north korean threat. i would also like to say publicly that it was a privilege to travel to the region with you earlier this year to discuss north korea, with top leaders in seoul, tokyo and beijing. the recent nuclear test conducted by the north was a dangerous provocation that raised tensions in northeast asia. it reinforces the fact that pyongyang poses a serious
up. victor, alison? >> jim, we saw the photographs just a few seconds ago of kim jong-un with four generals behind him and the map in the background talks about targets in the u.s. what is the likelihood that kim jong-un and his army could pull that off? >> in a word, zero. they cannot hit the u.s. mainland with what they have now. if they were to launch that missile that they put up to put a satellite in orbit, they'd have to leave it on the launch pad probably ten days as they fueled it up. they simply don't have the capability, they're too vulnerable, but they do have medium and long-range missiles with a range of about 1,300 miles the longest ones and that does put guam and japan within range, those missiles work and there are concerns over that, the concerns are over the more low level things they could do, the cyber attacks like we saw in the banks, the incident like the "cheonan" that was lost in 2010, those are things that south korea and the u.s. are keeping a close eye on tonight. >> jim clancy in seoul, south korea, for us, thank you. >>> we've got much more ahead this h
, this is the first time that you've heard this extended provocation and rhetoric from the young kim jong-un. we've kind of heard this rhetoric before, but this is the longest period that we've seen this escalating tension with no end in sight. he we do into that china and russian are concerned and asking the u.s. and others to lower the rhetoric, lower the tension on the korean peninsula. we've received photos of kim jong-un making war plans, we're told, with his national security team shortly after midnight local time. kim jng you know signed orders that places north korean rocket forces on stand by. and the pentagon says they haven't seen any movement on that front yet. the animated state defgs announcer who said this quote, he finally signed the plan on technical preparations of strategic rockets of the korean people's army, ordering them to be on stand by to fire so that they make strike anytime the u.s. mainland, its military bases in the operating operational theater, the pacific, guam-- >> and the north koreans seem to be headed in a different direction here. and so, we will unequivocall
korea's leader kim jong-un. will that be a good thing? i'll speak live this hour with david stern. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." it's a deal few thought would ever become a reality but in just a few hour it is will. back in 2011, congress and the white house hung a sword over their heads to force them to get the nation's fiscal house in order. they set up budget cuts so severe they would force action to prevent those cuts but both sides underestimated washington's dysfunction and tonight, $85 billion will be slashed from the budgets across the board. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin begins our coverage this hour. it's an ugly site. what's the latest, jessica? >> reporter: wolf, president obama is here and at work but he has not yet signed the order that will trigger these spending cuts. when he does, it will be low key and behind closed doors. he says it will create a ripple effect that will be felt across the economy. congressional leaders summoned to the white house for a last-minute meeting, left less than an hour later with no deal. soon afte
north korean leader kim jong un has decided the time has come to settle accounts with the u.s. >> ( translated ): he has signed the plan on technical preparations of strategic rockets of the korean people's army, ordering them to be on standby for fire so that they are able to strike at any time the u.s. mainland and its military bases in the pacific, including hawaii and guam, and those in south korea. >> suarez: state media also released photographs of kim and his senior generals during an emergency meeting late last night. they're seen looking at a map, purportedly showing u.s. cities that might be targeted by north korean missiles. the white house responded through a spokesman traveling with president obama today. he said bellicose rhetoric only deepens north korea's isolation. on thursday, a more forceful demonstration: a pair of b-2 stealth bombers flew 6,500 miles to south korea and back, as part of ongoing joint military exercises een the two nations. the chairman of the joint chiefs, general martin dempsey, addressed the flight during a briefing with defense secreta
, voted with the u.s. for the toughest economic sanctions yet, hitting kim jong-un and his generals where it hurts. luxury products like yachts, racing cars and jewelry. >> one of the important provisions of this resolution today was to make clear that a wide range of luxury goods, including some very specific luxury goods, aren't going to be able to be imported for the leadership of north korea, which is living large while starving its people. >> reporter: kim's love of western products and sports was proved again only last week by his bizarre embrace of dennis rodman. despite pyongyang's newest threat, today the u.s. and south korea continued scheduled training exercises in south korea. while officials say the u.s. is well-defended against missile attacks, south korea and japan are increasingly worried about their belligerent neighbor. >> this 28-year-old leader is either trying to embolden himself with the military that run the operations of north korea, or the other way around. the military is exerting force over this young 28-year-old leader, and the saber rattling is serious and we
again and reportedly readying its military. the leader there kim jong un says his rockets are ready to quote settle accounts with the united states. this comes one day after a powerful military message from us to them the pentagon sending two nuclear-capable stealth bombers on a fly over right around the korean peninsula to make sure they saw it. jennifer griffin is live at the pentagon with more on this continuing to develop story. so, jennifer, what is north korea specifically planning to do? what are they saying? >> reporter: well it's difficult to say, jenna, but right now kim jong un is backing himself into a corner and the pentagon is very worried that he may put himself in a position that if he doesn't do something he will lose face. shortly after midnight local time last night north korean state television reported that kim jong un signed orders to put the nation's rockets on combat ready status. the direct threat to the u.s. in the wake of those b-2 bomber flights over the peninsula were cleared the animated north korean news reader said of kim, quote he finally signed the
't engage kim jong un, bankrupt him," can which appeared in foreign policy magazine recently. ambassador joseph served as the special envoy for six-party talks with north korea in 2003. from 2010 to 2012, he was the director of the national counterproliferation center. and without objection, the witnesses' full--prepared statements will be made part of the record, but i'm going to ask each to summarize your testimony to five minutes, and we'll begin with dr. asher. >> chairman royce, ranking member engel and other distinguished members of the committee, i want to thank you sincerely for this opportunity to testify on a matter of truly grave concern, the growing nuclear proliferation risk of the north korean regime and the need for a fundamental new policy approach to comprehensively address that threat that north korea poses to asia and the world. in short, our diplomatic efforts which i was part of along with ambassadorty tranny and the six-party talks have objectively failed. unfortunately, so have our effort ors to counter the proliferation activities and nuclear procurement of the no
as the country just released this photo of ruler kim jong un meeting with his generals. just yesterday troops rallied in north korea supporting his decision to put missile units on stand by to attack u.s. military bases. u.s. officials say the latest threats are nothing more than talk. well, there has been a tragic accident that has left a member of the elite's seal team six dead and another injured. they were doing routine free fall training at a base in arizona when the two men collided mid-air. they were rushed to the hospital. one died his name has not been released. stable condition this morning. the military is investigating this accident. nearly 3 dozen georgia educators, including a former superintendent, indicted in one of the nation's largest test cheating scan tells. the indictment claims that atlanta public school employees conspired to conceal sheeting or even retaliate against whistle blowers in an effort to bolster standardized test scores. 2011 state investigation found cheating on test by nearly 180 educators in 44 atlanta schools. clayton, tell us what's happening in sports.
't get any weirder, it does. here's kim jong-un palling around with dennis rodman one week and threatening pre-emptive war the next. we're trying to figure out what this means. he's a young untested leader. is part of an attempted test, the strength of the new president of south korea? is it, you know, some kind of an internal power move? does he need to show that he's a tough guy to his generals who at the end of the day are the military backbone of the regime? that's part of the puzzle. but at the end of the day, it won't mean anything more than this. for the first time, china has really from the start been on board with sanctions against north korea. they helped draft this resolution which tells you just how annoyed they are at north korea. they have, to a certain extend supported it in providing it with fuel and food and this seems to be the straw that broke china's back. >> yeah, because that is pretty significant because china together with the united states, all the other members of the u.n. security council, they are on board because in the past the chinese were the
for the young north korean leader kim jong-un to bolster his hardline credentials and seniority at home. >> first and foremost for his domestic audience. simply without the support of the military, he won't be around for very much longer. so he has to bolster his support from the brass. that won't be so easy to do in a culture in north korea where age matters, he's 28, 29 years old. >> and the young kim isn't averse to voicing a few threats himself. on this recent tour of border islands he told ecstatic troops they'd throw enemies into the kol dron, break their waist and crack their windpipes. seems to have been exactly what they wanted to hear. fredric fredricka, it's not just the threat, it's the actions as well. this is a regime that's tested a long-range missile, carried out a third nuclear test. a big concern is that it could one day soon gain the technology to carry out some of those threats. >> yeah. and, matthew, diving in here, south korean officials today saying that cyber attacks we reported on yesterday, i think 32,000 computers damaged and servers, came from inside china. t
korean force and over a million forces led by kim jong-un. >> this particular combination, the intense rhetoric, also unpredictable leader makes this a pretty tense moment. >> and the u.s. military intelligence is watching north korea very carefully. they have increased surveillance. so far they say they have not seen signs of any unusual north korean troop movements. wolf? >> they hope it is just verbal bluster. >> that's the problem. is it bluster or could it be real. it is steps the north has taken under this relatively new leader are really very different and very threatening. >> much more coming up. >>> they are called green on blue attacks. a gunman in the uniform of afghan security forces killed american troops. the shooting came as defense secretary chuck hagel wrapped up his first visit to afghanistan as secretary of defense and follows another outrageous verbal assault by karzai. barbara starr joins us with the latest. it was a slap in the face to the defense secretary, the way he was treated by karzai on the first visit abroad as the defense secretary. >> well, indeed, wolf.
. they are very concerned about the north's latest moves. look past the picture of kim jong un putting north korean rockets on standby. there is a chart marked u.s. mainland strike plan with missile trails at hawaii, california, d.c. and, for some reason, austin, texas. it's wishful thinking on pyongyang's part. they can't reach the u.s. yet. but tens of thousands of oh american troops are well within range of a more limited strike, something short of an all-out attack. >> i think it's more in the sense of north korea kind of getting right up to the edge, stumbling and falling over the edge. >> reporter: former ambassador chris hill says the real danger is the north shelling a border island like it did in 2010. hill says there is a wild card here that worries the u.s. young, inexperienced kim jong un's desire to prove himself as a leader. >> i think north koreans have their daughtoubts about whether kid is up to it. >> reporter: so far the rhetoric has not been matched by military moves. but it has no foreseeable end game and could go on for a while. north korea's protested on the streets on
to the process and sit down no. 3 and say what are you doing? is kim jong un committed to denuclearization? and determine if there is any viability to go back to the joint statement. that is a process and that is a meaningful one and my last comment is, i was one of the few in 2012 who was optimistic. i saw some personnel moves being made by kim jong un. he replaced his ministry of defense and replaced his chief of staff. he put people in there, the party officer who is overseeing the military general. he put his uncle into a high position where he treated -- there was some momentum and that fell apart. because of the process. they just launched an they tested and that has come to this position where we're at. a very dangerous stalemate. the chinese now can move this process forward. get them to the table and get some momentum going rather than continued escalation and potential for confrontation. >> thank you. ambassador joseph. would you put your microphone on, please? >> thank you for the invitation to be here and to testify. i will try to be very brief. while one can argue and i think
down north korea and 3 and say what are you doing? -- and say, what are you doing? is kim jong un committed to denuclearization? and determine if there is any viability to go back to the joint statement. that is a process and that is a meaningful one and my last comment is, i was one of the few in 2012 who was optimistic. i saw some personnel moves being made by kim jong un. he replaced his ministry of defense and replaced his chief of staff. he put people in there, the party officer who is overseeing the military general. he put his uncle into a high position where he treated -- there was some momentum and that fell apart. because of the process. they just launched an they tested and that has come to this position where we're at. a very dangerous stalemate. the chinese now can move this process forward. get them to the table and get some momentum going rather than continued escalation and potential for confrontation. >> thank you. ambassador joseph. would you put your microphone on, please? >> thank you for the invitation to be here and to testify. i will try to be very brief. wh
being so belicose. >> there is so much news going on that something is wrong in the capitol. kim jong un has baseball been there for 15 months. he's been purging his father's officials which is standard operating procedure in the north korean regime, that's why they are expand being the north korean prison camps right now. when a regime is in disarray the hardest lines always set the tone. jon: there was speculation when he took office that he would need to prove to his military leaders that he was a tough guy, that he had backbone, is this his way of doing that? >> that's part of it. the other thing is that north korea always commits provocations within months of the inauguration of a south korean president to test the revolve of a new leader. hark yo u.n. g hai took office last week. jon: let's take a look at the sanctions the u.n. voted in on south korea. restricting financial and trade transactions, i would have thought that would already have been done. required mandatory inspection of suspicious cargo. asset freezes incorporated and travel plans for certain north korean leaders. a
by kim jong un. he replaced his ministry of defense and replaced his chief of staff. he put people in there, the party officer who is overseeing the military general. he put his uncle into a high position where he treated -- there was some momentum and that fell apart. because of the process. they just launched an they tested and that has come to this position where we're at. a very dangerous stalemate. the chinese now can move this process forward. get them to the table and get some momentum going rather than continued escalation and potential for confrontation. >> thank you. ambassador joseph. would you put your microphone on, please? >> thank you for the invitation to be here and to testify. i will try to be very brief. while one can argue and i think some would legitimately that u.s. policy has succeeded in slowing the north's progress and galvanizing international support, the successes that we have reached that we have achieved our at best, tactical. as president john adams once said, the facts are stubborn things and today, north korea has declared itself to be any clear pow
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